I’m no big reader. I don’t pretend to be. But if you’re looking for a holiday book recommendation then I’ve got three completely different reads that may interest you. Spoiler alert: I hated one (but you might love it.)
I don’t get time to read.
I don’t read unless I’m super relaxed.
I just…can’t be bothered and I’d rather numb my brain with Netflix than concentrate on reading…
Whatever the reason is (and it changes daily) I’m not the worlds biggest reader. And I fall into the annoying category of people who often start books and don’t finish them. But I like to think that means when I do read something epic, you know it’s going to be really, really good. Because if little-miss-non-reader over here enjoys it then that’s saying something right?
I jest. (A little.) But ultimately I read a lot on holiday and very little at home. My choice of relaxation is to watch a great TV series, listen to music or scrapbook. I’m not here to deliver an in-depth book review, or try and compel you to read the following three books. But rather give my thoughts on what turned out to be a real difference in book selection while I was on holiday. And each book offered something completely different in such a way that it really varied my entertainment. And even though one of them wasn’t for me, I can still fully appreciate what it offered.
So whatever your holiday reading usually looks like, hopefully one of these will be up your street and make its way to your reading station/sun lounger or suitcase for your next holiday. Here’s some great holiday book recommendations:
Everything I Know About Love
I adored this book. There’s no other way to describe it. I adored it and I can’t wait until it’s less fresh in my mind so I can read it all over again and love it for the second time. This book is one for the 30 something girl, the single girl, the girl who doesn’t feel like she’s got her s*** together…any girl who’s ever experienced heartbreak, confusion or feels at a loss with life. I felt so connected to Dolly and her life experiences that this whole book resounded with me on a deep level. While at the same time I howled (out loud) on my sun lounger frequently – it’s got a great comical feel even to the hard hitting points. I couldn’t wait to read each page and at first I was rushing through, desperate for more, and then I realised it would end my experience much too quickly so I poured over it slowly and savoured every page. This book will enlighten you. It’s one for the millennial girls out there.
The Unmumsy Mum
If you’re a mother then this is for you. Maybe not all mothers to be fair. If you’re in the 99% of mothers who occasionally cry with exhaustion, hit the wine before 5pm and sometimes even wonder why they had kids (momentarily) then this is for you. For almost all mum’s, motherhood isn’t this wonderful, calm, natural experience: it’s hard work, soul destroying and it will drive you to the edge of your sanity…all before 9am daily. And you know what – THAT’S the normal. While some mums are green, eco-friendly, calm all the time and have never shouted at their child (and I admire this type of mum) the rest of us cope by balancing as best we can. And balance is both good and bad. This book is for those mums. The ones who can laugh at how hideous it is for your toddler to put actual poo in your hand (after crying into their wine) and the ones who accept that they’re never going to be a Blue Peter mum type. The mums who would do anything for their children, who love them fiercely and yet don’t always remember their clean PE kit on the school run… I dare you not to finish this book without a tear in your eye that *actually* you’re not alone in feeling the way you do.
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
This is the one that I couldn’t get on with, at all. I really, really wanted to enjoy it more than I did and to be fair I gave it a fair go. This book is an anonymous recollection of The Secret Barrister and their (we don’t know if they are male or female) experiences of the British judicial system. Some of the stories genuinely shocked me (and not in a good way) and some really got under my skin. There was a few funny bits to keep it lighthearted but overall I found this too much of a hard read. There’s not *too* much legal jargon, but enough to be a bit heady. And I read it in the hope that it would be like a fun version of Suits. It was not. This ones is for the more intellectual readers out there. Sadly, not me.
So while I’m no book reviewer, if you’re looking for a new holiday read there’s hopefully one here for you to consider picking up from the overpriced WHSmiths at the airport. Otherwise forward plan and get them for half the price on Amazon.